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Randall JonesYo Ho! A Pirate’s LifeWhile often romanticized in today’s world, pirates were the terrorists of the seas in thesixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries. Notable pirates such as Edward “Blackbeard”Teach, “Calico” Jack Rackham, and “Black Bart” Roberts were raiding merchant and slave ships in theAtlantic to line their own pockets. Others, such as Sir Francis Drake were “legal” pirates, assigned bygovernments to ward off enemy ships. The years between 1650 and 1730 are often referred to as the“Golden Age of Piracy” This research will take a deeper look into the lives of pirates, and the effect theyhad on maritime trade in the Atlantic.Some pirates were more effective than others. “Black Bart” Roberts raided over 400 ships in justover four years. Sam Bellamy captured over 53 ships and $130 million in treasure. Blackbeard was one ofthe most feared pirates out there, while Stede Bonnet was considered the “Gentleman Pirate”.